Will forgo her senior season to graduate
As a Junior (2005-06): Clocked Tech's top time in the 50 freestyle for the third consecutive season ... Swam a season-best time of 23.90 in the prelims of the 50 free at the ACC Championships, finishing 24th in the finals ... Tallied a season-best time of 52.99 in the 100 free against NC State and New Orleans (11/5) ... Qualified for the bonus finals of the 100 breaststroke at the ACC meet with a season-best time of 1:07.40, finishing 23rd in the finals ... Finished 10th in the 100 butterfly at the Georgia Tech Invitational (11/19) with a season-best time of 58.36.
As a Sophomore (2004-05): Continued to be Tech's top sprint freestyler ... Broke the school record in the 50 freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 23.68 in the prelims at the ACC Championships, qualifying for the consolation finals and finishing in 11th place ... Tallied season-best times of 51.92 (100 free) and 57.74 (100 fly) in the prelims at the ACC meet ... Anchored the Tech 200 free relay team that set a new school record at the conference championship with a time of 1:34.54 ... Led off the 400 free relay team at ACC's that finished sixth with a season-best time of 3:26.47.
As a Freshman (2003-04): Quickly became one of Tech's top sprint freestylers ... Ranked in the top three on the Tech squad in the 50 and 100 freestyle events ... Competed in the consolation finals at the ACC Championships in the 50 free and 100 butterfly ... Finished 17th in 50 free with a lifetime-best time of 23.89 ... Tallied a season-best time of 57.40 in the preliminaries of the 100 fly, finishing the finals in 20th place ... Posted a season-best time of 52.14 in the 100 free at the ACC meet ... Helped lead the 200 free relay team to a program-best third-place finish with a school record time of 1:34.25 at ACC's ... Also swam on the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams that set new Tech records at the conference meet with times of 1:44.95 and 3:27.35, respectively ... ACC Academic Honor Roll.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Dunwoody High School under coach Tom McFerrin ... Elected captain in senior season ... As a senior, earned All-America honors in the 50 freestyle ... Was a Georgia state champion in the 50 free ... Won all individual events at the county meet in all four seasons ... Named DeKalb County Swimmer of the Year in 2001-02 ... School record holder in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly events ... Broke metro record in the 100 free and set a new county record in the 50 free ... Academic All-America in junior and senior seasons ... Named DeKalb Athlete of the week and DiVarsity Athlete of the Week on two occasions ... Member of the Student Government and Interclub ... National Honor Society ... Graduated in the top 10 percent of her class ... Recipient of Coca-Cola award for excellence in athletics and academics.
Personal: Born Natanya Leah Harper on Jan. 22, 1985, in San Antonio, Texas ... Parents are Carol and Jimmy Harper ... Has a younger sister, Alicia (14) ... Great grandfather played third base for the Brooklyn Dodgers ... Majoring in management.
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